February 1st, 2008
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Oprah back on the trail

Oprah last campaigned for Obama in early December.

Oprah last campaigned for Obama in early December.

(CNN) - Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is set to headline a Barack Obama event in Los Angeles Sunday, two days before Democrats in California and 21 other states head to the polls.

The event will mark Winfrey's return to the campaign trail two months after the media mogul stumped for the Illinois senator in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, drawing record-breaking crowds and heavy media coverage.

Obama's wife Michelle and Caroline Kennedy will also attend the event, though the Illinois senator himself is scheduled to be in Delaware that day.

- CNN's Chris Welch contributed to this report

soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. AJ

    Just when I was starting to feel better about the possibility of an Obama nomination, he goes and makes it all about being black again...

    February 2, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. Josh

    If Oprah, wants to use her voice to let people know who she supports then good for her. As for her not being someone that we could value as having any insight on this election that we could debate. It is however really great to see how many people want to dump on her for having the right to support whoever she wants. It is amazing, if she had enough support to become one of the biggest and affluent people in the world then she must not be to negligent with her power.

    February 2, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Adam

    Yes Oprah for Obama in California, how great more women will vote Obama!!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. Louise

    Oprah has never endorsed a presidential candidate. What is the deal here?
    It's obvious that it has to do with race. Oprah, it may have helped Obama in the south but it will do more harm then good in the West.

    February 2, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Tammy

    I can't believe all of these hater comments below! So Hillary can get millions from PAC and lobby groups and have her husband run around and stump for her, but when Obama has a celebrity on his side all of the sudden it is wrong? Grow up. Every last one of you! Obama hasn't taken a dime from any lobby groups, unlike Hillary. SO WHEN HE IS ELECTED he only has his conscience and the American people to answer to. Not the people who paid for his election. Why don't you do your research before you show your idiocy to a national audience? Further, one person cannot give more than $2300 per election. So Oprah herself cannot give him "millions". Have you ever looked at how many individual people that have contributed to Obama's campaign? HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS! Most giving small amounts that fit their small incomes. Obama is the candidate of the people- not washington lobbyists. I support him 100%

    February 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  6. Glenn Doty, Columbia, SC

    Ginni in CA.

    The media is reporting poll results, period.
    The fact that that is all the media is reporting is one of the reasons the race is as close as it is... since most of the people that have honestly and thoroughly looked at the policy and record of both candidates have overwhelmingly picked Obama... But the simple fact is that poll after poll have shown that the higher educated Democrats and Independents and some republicans break for Obama by a HUGE margin.

    You can complain about the media reporting nothing but poll data, God knows I have many times... but in a world where the media only reports poll data, you can't complain they report SOME poll data because it makes you fell bad.

    BTW, Obama also overwhelmingly wins in independents overall, crossover republicans, and new voters... which means Hillary is only winning the yellow-dog dems. Who do you think would be better positioned to win in November?

    February 2, 2008 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  7. carol

    Obama's campaign is illegally spamming people's email addresses! Who's selling this information to them?

    February 2, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. tco

    I don't care for celebrity endorsements; why should a celebrity's vote count more than mine. Reality: it doesn't - except in the media. While celebrities have every right to support the candidates of their choice, the media makes it seem like the rest of us are too stupid to think for ourselves and that we must be led to our decisions. What happened to free thought, free will. Americans should not be lemmings when it comes to this election.

    As for Obama's joke on Letterman about Oprah being VP, that's all it was. Oprah's too smart to take that kind of pay cut although she would be a far better VP than our current one.

    February 2, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  9. The Irish American Vote

    I love Senator Obama and know if he gets the Democratic ticket, he is going to sink the Republicans. Senator Clinton just can't do it, half of the Democratics dislike her, and 100% of the Republicans can't stand her. Obama is the bridge maker and I do believe he will do what is best for this country. I did a lot of homework on all the candidates, and he is by far, the best person for the job.

    One important fact to always remember, HE DIDN'T VOTE FOR THIS IDIOTIC WAR! Anyone who did, cannot be trusted to make smart and tough choices for the FUTURE of this nation!

    February 2, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. Javier

    How quickly we democrats forget about 2 years ago Oprah supported James Fray "A Million little pieces" when she had not researched his memoirs. The person was not telling the truth.

    Just because Oprah endorses someone, it does not mean she is right. She made a mistake with James Fray and what guarantee we have she is not making another mistake by endorsing Obama? Remember once Obama is elected you can't go back on TV and say "I'm sorry".

    February 2, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Anne-Los Angeles

    Well....now that Oprah is back and can bring race into the mix again......here come the real Obama. He is putting a woman up there to say things like "he is one of us – he knows where we have come from" and the only problem with that is when Bill Clinton says things – everyone gets upset. I am upset that Oprah is inserting race into the campaign when she should be talking HOW Obama would fix things. What a terrible distraction! If Obama gets the nomination I will change to an Independent because I do not like these tactics – which are just more of the same.

    By the way...check out factcheck.org. CNN has a link. See how Obama mislead and misstated things during the debate on Thursday. Same old politics just a different fact.

    Go Hillary!

    February 2, 2008 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  12. sick of Oprah now

    Oprah, used to love her, now I can't stand her. She has no business telling us who to vote for and neither do any other celebrities. Say "no" to both and vote for Edwards. He can still pick up delegates.

    February 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  13. The Irish American Vote

    One other thing...

    Oprah is the example of "The American Dream". She would not be on the Obama bandwagon if she thought for a moment he wasn't the best person for the job. Her endorsement doesn't make me want to vote for Obama, but does lead me to find out more as to why she stands behind him. As far as I'm concerned, if Oprah talks I will stop and listen. She gives back so much to society and sees beyond nationals borders. Whatever she is doing she's got it right...we are global and all sharing the same earth. If she didn't support Obama it wouln't change anything for me either, but her endorcement a long with Carolyn Kennedy and Ted Kennedy carry an amazing amount of weight. I, for once, feel happy about the Presidential election rather than depressed.

    February 2, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. HILLIN' 08

    Having Oprah back for such a large event signals desparation to me..

    Hillin in Seattle

    February 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  15. Kimberly

    Why are most of the comments so filled with hate.

    Oprah is an American citizen and a voter and has the right to speak for any candidate she wishes...as do well all.

    And for those of you that are so small minded to think that if she does not support another woman, she is turning her back on women, you are mis-guided. Maybe she just doesn't belive Hillary is the right woman for the job.

    And for those of you that think that Oprah or any African American is only supporting Obama because he is black are closed minded. In fact, couldn't that argument be used for all white people that are voting for Hillary, McCain, Rommney, Huckabee, etc.

    Maybe, considering all things equal, race, gender, etc. it is the first time we have a choice to choose something different...

    Obama '08

    February 2, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Jose

    You supporters of Hilary...you need to know its time to turn the page...Cant this great nation get another leader other than bush and clinton's family? COme one...its time for change!!!!!!!!!! Further more Hilary and Clinton are very dishnonest people..remember the line I idid not have sex with that woman? I sure do wish Hilary does not make it to white house...

    February 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  17. votehillary2008

    I, too, wish Oprah would stay out of this, but it is her choice.

    To be honest, I don't think all this fanfare matters much. People who like Hillary are going to stick with her, people who like Obama will stick with him. A lot of people who will go to that rally are already Obama -fans or a non-Obama fans who just want to see Oprah.

    I know there are always people who are undecided, but I think anyone who has gotten to this point and is still undecided, is taking a careful look and the candidates and the issues. They are not going to say, "I'll vote for Obama just b/c of Oprah." I'm a big Oprah fan, but I made up my mind a year ago to vote for Hillary. Nothing anyone says can make me change my mind.

    February 2, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  18. Macunaima

    Many of my friends got disappointed when Oprah went out for Obama , the first time. They were thinking about voting for Obama and then decided to vote for Edwards because of Oprah"s campaigning for him. It is sad but I think that if Obama is the nominee, the democrats will loose this race and Mccain will be elected.

    Democrats get carried away and think Obama is so clean. He raised more money than anybody and their campaign keep sending us letters asking for money. So he is like any other politician .

    I think all these endorsements are demeaning. We can think for ourselves and don't need to know your opinion. Wait until we vote and then support the nominee.

    February 2, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  19. ruby marshall

    Michelle, Oprah and Caroline VS. Hillary
    Trial and Error candidate versus Proven and tested candidate

    Wow! it takes 3 to fight over 1....means that Hillary is super strong and
    very qualified to become the next PRESIDENT OF U.S.A...

    All three are just riding to each other's popularity!!!!

    February 2, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Jason, Minneapolis, MN

    oprah go back to chicago and count your money. you're such a phony.

    February 2, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. KC/ Virginia

    I think it is great that Oprah being from Chicago, a very powerful woman who represents "The American Dream" would endorse a very intelligent presidential nominee who was the state Senator and now the U.S. Senator from Chicago. Obviously he brought about change for the state of Illinois. Get a grip people, if you looked at the Democratic Presidential Debate on Thursday, you would see that it is about which nominee is more capable of running this country while letting the people have a voice as well. Oprah is a billionare, and Obama said he would take away the tax cuts to the wealthy that Bush instilled during his reign. This would very well affect her. If she is endorsing him, that says a lot about his character and ability. As it was noted during the debate, and this is paraphrased: For the past 30 years there has been either a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. Think about. It is time for change. Look out February 12.

    February 2, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    The talk about Obama's support coming from more highly educated people is just damage control for what's become obvious. His support is from the most gullible and idealistic that have no concern for issues. They respond emotionally to his rhetoric and fail to see the reality of his shallowness. If you read his supporters posts here you can tell very easily that they are far less intelligent than what they purport to be. His oratory skills speak volumes about his followers.

    February 2, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Ken

    When a candidate bases her campaign on war votes, stagnant wages in the 1990's, NAFTA, and a failure to deliver universal health care (1993), you can tell that she is expecting Americans to have no historic memory of what "35 years of experience" actually means.

    The exit polls don't lie. Poor, uneducated whites and elderly woman are her base.

    With McCain we get imperialism for the next 100 years. In the fall, no matter who is the Democratic nominee, mark D. Even if you hate Clinton or Obama.

    February 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  24. Didi Miesen

    I no longer tune into Oprah.

    February 2, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  25. Misha

    I too dislike the way the media likes to break voters down into demographics. It makes me feel bad when I appear to fall into one of the "negative" categories.

    However, these statistics are based in fact, not opinion. They come from the entrance and exit polls that were conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and S Carolina. Now, whether or not the media really needs to report them is another issue. While it might be useful information to the campaign managers to help them identify where they need to concentrate their effort, I don't see how it helps the average voter except to make them think that they should vote a certain way based upon their "demographic".

    February 2, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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